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Updated Test Information:

Test Description

SARS-CoV-2, Coronavirus

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General Information

The Panther Fusion SARS-CoV-2 Assay is a real-time PCR (RT-PCR) in vitro diagnostic test intended for the qualitative detection of RNA from SARS-CoV-2 from individuals who meet COVID-19 clinical and/or epidemiological criteria. In general, SARS-CoV-2 RNA can be detected during the acute phase of infection.

Specimen Type

Nasopharyngeal (NP), Nasal Mid Turbinate (NMT), Nasal (Nares) and Oropharyngeal (OP) swab in approved transport media:  

  • Remel MicroTest M4, M4RT, M5 or M6 formulations

  • Copan Universal Transport Medium

  • BD Universal Viral Transport Medium

  • Phosphate buffered saline (PBS)

  • CDC Transport media

  • S2 Viral Transport Media

  • Normal Saline

  • MedSchenker Smart Transport Media (STM)


After collection, specimens must be stored at 2°C to 8° C up to 72 hours.

If over 72 hours, specimens must be stored at ≤ -70° C.

Unacceptable Specimen Conditions

Improper or inadequate patient identification, specimen in expired or incorrect collection vials. Vials with no swab present or vials with incorrect swab type used. Vials that have leaked into the specimen bag will also be rejected. 



Estimated TAT

24-48 hours after receipt at the laboratory

Testing Schedule


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Performing Lab

Incyte Diagnostics

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Additional Information

Incyte authorization is required prior to sending to the laboratory. Please contact Client Services (509) 892-2700.

Cost: $150